Children’s Minister, Tim Loughton, has today announced that 700 pages of instruction manuals will be replaced with just 68 pages of precise guidance in a move to reduce the burden of red tape on social workers.  He said it will help all groups involved with safeguarding children (including teachers, youth workers, police and social workers) to carry out the necessary responsibilities without the burden of unnecessary bureaucracy.

The announcement follows last year’s review published by Professor Eileen Munro which recommended that social workers by freed from red tape in order to alllow them to focus more on children’s needs.

The 68 pages will be encompassed in three guidance documents.

Mr Loughton said: “We want to change the child protection system fundamentally – I believe the changes proposed today will free hard-working social workers and other professionals from structures, procedures and rule books so they can do their best for vulnerable children and their families.

“This is a new mindset and a new relationship between central Government and local services.

“I am determined that we build on the excellent work of Professor Munro and I trust the workforce to deliver the reforms without the need for excessive central prescription.”